Links and Notes - Mon, Feb 3, 2020

4:00 p.m.

HWO issued this afternoon for some wintry precip this week. A little mix bag of precip is forecast Tuesday night. Some snow accumulation is expected Wednesday night.

Tuesday Night: A chance of snow, mainly after 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 26. North wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Wednesday Night: Snow, mainly after 8pm. Low around 26. East wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Thursday: Snow, mainly before 8am. High near 34. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.


hazardous weather outlook
national weather service cleveland oh
342 pm est mon feb 3 2020

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ashtabula inland-hancock-seneca-huron-medina-summit-portage-trumbull-
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342 pm est mon feb 3 2020

this hazardous weather outlook is for north central ohio, northeast
ohio, northwest ohio and northwest pennsylvania.

.day one...this afternoon and tonight.

hazardous weather is not expected at this time.

.days two through seven...tuesday through sunday.

a weak storm system will be a light wintry mix of light freezing
rain, sleet, and snow late tuesday and tuesday night. a better
organized storm system will bring another round of a wintry mix
wednesday night into thursday.

.spotter information statement...

spotter activation is not expected at this time.


Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Feb 3, 2020 2:52 pm EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 56 F
Humidity : 53%
Wind Speed : E 8 mph
Barometer : 29.72 in
Dewpoint: 39 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Feb 3, 2020 2:53 pm EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 50 F
Humidity : 63%
Wind Speed : ENE 7 mph
Barometer : 29.74 in
Dewpoint: 38 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 47 F

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Feb 3, 2020 3:35 pm EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 46 F
Humidity : 68%
Wind Speed : E 8 mph
Barometer : 29.73 in
Dewpoint: 36 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 42 F


Toledo 7-day forecast

Last Update: Feb 3, 2020 11:51 am

Tonight: A chance of rain, mainly after 4am. Patchy fog after 4am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday: A chance of rain before 5pm, then a chance of rain and snow. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 36. North wind 7 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tuesday Night: A chance of snow, mainly after 7pm. Cloudy, with a low around 26. North wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Northeast wind 7 to 9 mph.

Wednesday Night: Snow. Low around 26. East wind around 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Thursday: A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 34. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Friday: A chance of snow before 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 33. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 34.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Sunday Night: A chance of rain and snow. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Monday: A chance of rain and snow. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. Chance of precipitation is 30%.


area forecast discussion
national weather service cleveland oh
1224 pm est mon feb 3 2020

...18z aviation forecast update...

.synopsis...
high pressure overhead early today will weaken as low pressure
moves from kansas to west-central illinois. after the low moves
across northern oh tonight and tuesday, high pressure from the
central great lakes will push southward for wedneday. another
system for wednesday night into thursday may bring a wintry mix
to the region.

&&

.near term /through tuesday/...
it is a gorgeous day across the region. the forecast is on track
with no updates needed for today.

previous discussion...
made minor tweaks to sky coverage today with thin cirrus
approaching from the southwest. basically a variably cloudy day
with more sun than clouds to start. previous discussion follow.

brief ridging has built overhead overnight keeping skies mostly
clear (across oh) and dropping back winds. this has allowed
temperatures fall back into the mid and upper 30s. meanwhile
low pressure across southeast co early this morning will track
across kansas and to west-central il over the course of the day.
this will extend an inverted trough towards northwest oh. as
the temperature gradient strengthens, its position will be
critical to high temperatures across northwest oh and the
immediate lakeshore. inland, areas will be more firmly in the
warm sector and will see another day in the mid 50s. kept the
lakeshore in the 40s. if the boundary stays north, then those
areas could sneak into the 50s too, but usually the lakeshore
with a cold lake will keep the boundary close. the area should
see a fair amount of sun with thickening cloud cover closer to
evening.

one primary wave of low pressure will work along the front
overnight into tuesday morning and spread light rain across the
area (primarily after midnight). the thermal profile will still
be warm enough for rain, but after the wave passes for tuesday
afternoon, cooler air seeps in from the north and we begin to
get a changeover to snow showers toward evening. lows monday
night and highs tuesday will be within a few degrees of each
other and most will see slowly falling temperatures through the
course of the day.

&&

.short term /tuesday night through thursday night/...
weak isentropic lift persists over our cwa tuesday night as
west-southwesterly flow aloft occurs in association with a
large longwave high pressure ridge extending from the caribbean.
at the surface, northerly to northeasterly flow results in cold
air advection as a cold front moves southeastward from the ohio
valley and high pressure builds into our region from the upper
midwest. lingering rain should change to light snow from north
to south before widespread precip ends around daybreak
wednesday. vertical profiles of temperature and wet-bulb
temperature may permit precip to fall as freezing rain for a
brief period as rain changes to snow. however, snow
accumulations should be an inch or less and any icing should be
no more than a very thin glaze. low temperatures should reach
mainly the mid to upper 20`s.

wednesday should be largely dry for northern oh and northwest
pa as the longwave ridge persists over our area. the
aforementioned surface high should move from the upper midwest
to near new england by nightfall, with the associated surface
ridge continuing to affect our area. high temperatures should
reach the upper 20s to mid 30s, with the coldest readings in
interior northwest pa. skies will remain mostly cloudy as
isentropic lift taps into gulf of mexico moisture and persists
over our region. this isentropic lift will be associated with an
organizing surface low in vicinity of the lower mississippi
valley. in turn, this low will accompany a longwave trough
entering the central u.s. from the west.

as the longwave trough continues moving eastward over the
central u.s. wednesday night, southwesterly flow aloft and
isentropic lift persist over northern oh and northwest pa.
simultaneously, this isentropic lift taps into greater amounts
of moisture from the gulf of mexico, allowing widespread precip
to overspread our cwa generally from the south. in addition, the
aforementioned surface low should deepen as it moves from the
lower mississippi valley to near the oh/pa border by daybreak.
the bulk of precip wednesday night is expected to fall as snow,
which may be moderate to heavy at times. however, warm air
advection and rising wet-bulb temperatures could allow a mix of
snow, sleet, freezing rain, and perhaps even plain rain to
affect areas near and especially southeast of a mount vernon to
youngstown line. a few inches of snow accumulation and some
icing are possible wednesday night. this period will have to be
monitored for potential winter weather headlines. low
temperatures are expected to reach the 20`s wednesday evening
before readings rise slightly during the predawn hours of
thursday morning.

southwesterly flow aloft continues to reside over our region on
thursday as the eastward-moving longwave trough axis nears the
mississippi river. at the surface, the low should begin to shift
eastward from areas near the oh/pa border toward the mid-
atlantic region. temperature and wet-bulb temperature profiles
may allow snow to mix with freezing rain briefly and then change
to plain rain over much of our cwa. however, far-northwest oh
may remain in sufficiently-cold air for just snow. highs are
forecast to range from the mid 30s to the lower 40s, with a
gradient in high temperatures directed toward the southeast.

&&

.long term /friday through sunday/...
during thursday night and friday, the surface low should move
northeastward from the mid-atlantic states to near the gulf of
maine as the longwave trough settles over the eastern u.s. any
rain or rain/snow mix should change to snow thursday night, with
all snow expected on friday as colder air wraps around the
backside of the low pressure center. as cold air deepens over
lake erie, lake enhanced snows should begin affecting our
snowbelt counties and vicinity on friday. low temperatures
should reach the mid to upper 20s thursday night and be
followed by highs in the lower to mid 30
s on friday.

the broadening longwave trough should remain over the eastern
u.s. friday night and saturday, while a surface ridge should
build over our cwa from the upper great lakes and upper midwest.
this should allow snow showers to end over much of the region
friday night, with most locations experiencing fair weather by
saturday. however, lake effect snows may persist across the
snowbelt friday night through early saturday afternoon as a
westerly flow of sufficiently-cold air crosses lake erie and
low-level moisture levels remain favorably-high. later on
saturday, lake snows should taper off due to a lowering
subsidence inversion and drier air causing lake-induced
instability to wane. low temperatures in the 20s friday night
should be followed by highs reaching the lower to mid 30
s
saturday.

a shortwave trough embedded in the aforementioned longwave
trough may move eastward over our cwa saturday night and be
followed by zonal flow aloft for sunday. simultaneously, an
attendant surface low may track from the deep south toward new
england, while surface high pressure ridging persists over our
cwa. the western fringes of the low pressure systems snow
shield may graze southern and eastern portions of our cwa
saturday night. otherwise, fair weather is expected. low
temperatures should reach the 20
s saturday night and be
followed by highs in the mid to upper 30`s on sunday.

&&

.aviation /18z monday through saturday/...
there are no aviation concerns for this afternoon with vfr
conditions through the evening hours. there are some aviation
concerns and impacts expected to develop later in the taf
period. the first concern will be some non-convective low level
wind shear possible between roughly 03z to about 12z tonight.
the next bigger concern will be ceilings lowering late tonight
into tuesday morning. we will likely see all taf locations drop
to ifr by early tuesday morning. there is medium confidence that
a few locations, mfd, cak, and yng could drop to lifr ceilings
by 12z tuesday. light rain will also spread from west to east
across taf locations during tuesday morning with 2sm to 5sm -ra
expected. winds will be generally be light and less than 10
knots. winds will start out southerly and become westerly
tonight with a shift to northwesterly by late tuesday morning.

.outlook...non-vfr wednesday morning. a changeover to snow
showers tuesday night. non-vfr possible at times wednesday night
through friday.

&&

.marine...
the small craft advisory has been cancelled. westerly winds of
about 10 to 15 knots this morning should become light and
variable around midday and then become easterly around 10 knots
later this afternoon and evening. waves are expected to be 3
feet or less in nearshore waters and no more than 5 feet in open
waters this morning. waves then subside to 1 to 3 feet for the
entire lake this afternoon and evening.

a west-southwest to east-northeast oriented front lingers over
lake erie through tonight before moving southward as a cold
front tuesday morning. primarily easterly winds will become
northerly over the lake as the front pushes southward, with
northerly winds then persisting into wednesday before becoming
more easterly later that day. sustained winds should be no
stronger than about 15 knots during this period. wave heights
could flirt with small craft advisory criteria tuesday evening
into wednesday morning and this potential will continue to be
watched.

easterly winds back to northerly on thursday, while northerly
to northwesterly winds are expected on friday. once again, these
winds are expected to be no stronger than about 15 knots
sustained. simultaneously, wave heights should remain below 4
feet.

&&

.cle watches/warnings/advisories...
oh...none.
pa...none.
marine...none.

&&

$$
synopsis...oudeman
near term...griffin/oudeman
short term...jaszka
long term...jaszka
aviation...griffin
marine...jaszka

2:09 p.m.

It's a nice early March day. Sometimes, we experience nice weather like this in the first half of March. Yesterday, our temps reached the upper 50s with a lot of sunshine.

Today is another sunny day with temps in the 50s. This morning, Barney and I walked for 40 minutes with temps around freezing but with little to no wind. Yesterday was windy, but not today.

Toledo Express Airport (KTOL)
Feb 3, 2020 1:52 pm EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 54 F
Humidity : 55%
Wind Speed : ESE 7 mph
Barometer : 29.73 in
Dewpoint: 38 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Executive Airport (KTDZ)
Feb 3, 2020 1:53 pm EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 54 F
Humidity : 59%
Wind Speed : E 5 mph
Barometer : 29.75 in
Dewpoint: 40 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles

Toledo Suburban Airport (KDUH)
Feb 3, 2020 1:55 pm EST
Weather : Fair
Temperature : 50 F
Humidity : 61%
Wind Speed : E 7 mph
Barometer : 29.74 in
Dewpoint: 37 F
Visibility : 10.00 statute miles
Wind Chill : 47 F


Toledo 7-day forecast

Last Update: Feb 3, 2020 11:51 am

This Afternoon: Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. East wind 5 to 7 mph.

Tonight: A slight chance of rain after 3am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35. East wind 5 to 7 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Tuesday: A chance of rain. Patchy fog before 1pm. Otherwise, cloudy, with a high near 36. North wind 6 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Tuesday Night: A chance of snow, mainly after 8pm. Cloudy, with a low around 26. North wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Wednesday: A chance of snow before 8am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. Northeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Wednesday Night: Snow, mainly after 8pm. Low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Thursday: Snow, mainly before 8am. High near 34. Chance of precipitation is 80%.

Thursday Night: A chance of snow. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Friday: A chance of snow before 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 33. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24.

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34.

Saturday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

Sunday: Partly sunny, with a high near 38.

Links

https://mediagazer.com/200202/p1#a200202p1

A look at Iowa Starting Line, a small local news site in Des Moines that has rivaled The Des Moines Register for scoops and influence ahead of the Iowa caucuses

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/business/media/iowa-caucus-media-starting-line.html

https://iowastartingline.com/


Sources: handling of Felicia Sonmez's tweets is the latest example of unequal treatment of men and women at WaPo, also reflected in its coverage and pay gap

https://mediagazer.com/200203/p6#a200203p6

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/women-washington-post-sexism-culture_n_5e34b8a3c5b611ac94d4aa89


Profile of The Dispatch, the newly launched conservative media outlet targeting the “center-right” with fact-based original reporting instead of cheap hot takes

https://mediagazer.com/200203/p1#a200203p1

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/01/dispatch-tries-sell-real-news-right/605860/


Publishers like the Guardian, The Times, and Le Monde are publishing fewer stories, leading to higher audience traffic, higher dwell times, and more subscribers

https://mediagazer.com/200203/p2#a200203p2

https://digiday.com/media/publishers-growing-audiences-producing-less-content/


A look at the Minneapolis Star Tribune's strategies for maintaining print revenue and growing paid digital subscribers as it aims for 150K digital subs by 2025

https://mediagazer.com/200202/p4#a200202p4

https://www.poynter.org/business-work/2020/how-the-minneapolis-star-tribune-is-driving-paid-digital-growth-while-holding-on-to-print-subscribers/


Interview with Wendi C. Thomas, founder of MLK50, a Memphis outlet covering poverty and power, on the challenges of launching and funding a publication

https://ijnet.org/en/story/mlk50%E2%80%99s-wendi-c-thomas-opens-about-realities-launching-news-startup

https://mediagazer.com/200202/p3#a200202p3


Climate Models Are Running Red Hot, and Scientists Don’t Know Why (bloomberg.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22224141

Things I Believe About Software Engineering (wesleyac.com)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22222137

Amateur radio skills prove useful during bushfire emergencies (abc.net.au)
https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-01/amateur-radio-skills-prove-useful-during-bushfires/11903200
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22219037

Just 29k Western Monarch butterflies are left in California (kqed.org)
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22216709

Old CSS, New CSS (eev.ee)
https://eev.ee/blog/2020/02/01/old-css-new-css/
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22215931

Digital publishing is beginning to make money (axios.com)
https://www.axios.com/digital-media-publishing-profits-venture-capital-d08277c3-cde4-49e7-9d8a-615dc22c000b.html
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22219979


Hippos have become an invasive species in Colombia (cnet.com)
https://www.cnet.com/news/pablo-escobars-hippos-have-become-an-invasive-species-in-colombia/

Pablo Escobar's hippos have become an invasive species in Colombia

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22217105

The hippos brought in by the drug lord have grown in number from four to 80, and their waste is impacting the area's water system.


Happiness is more like poetry than algorithms (nav.al)

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22220382

https://nav.al/math


Kicks Condor (kickscondor.com)

https://www.kickscondor.com/

Kickscondor.com/blogging-less-in-the-2020s/


The cup-of-coffee pricing fallacy (gingerlime.com)

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22216255

https://blog.gingerlime.com/2020/the-cup-of-coffee-pricing-fallacy/


Show HN: FastComments (fastcomments.com)

https://fastcomments.com/

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22209411


My Second Phone Is in the Cloud (lucassimpson.com)

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22207932

https://lucassimpson.com/blog/2020-01-23/my-second-phone-is-in-the-cloud/


Michael Moore Unloads On DNC Over New Rules That Could Help Bloomberg

https://dailycaller.com/2020/01/31/michael-moore-new-dnc-rules-michael-bloomberg/

https://www.memeorandum.com/200131/p102#a200131p102

DNC members discuss rules change to stop Sanders at convention

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/31/dnc-superdelegates-110083

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/01/31/dnc-shifts-debate-requirements-opening-door-for-bloomberg-110017


Hillary Clinton Slams Bernie Sanders for Not Working to Unite Democrats in 2016

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/31/us/politics/hillary-clinton-bernie-sanders.html

https://www.memeorandum.com/200131/p115#a200131p115


https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/02/03/iowa-road-trip-do-reporters-know-anything-110523

https://theintercept.com/2020/02/03/iowa-first-caucus-satellite-pork-plant-workers/

https://time.com/5776429/alexandria-ocasio-bernie-sanders-iowa/

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: A ‘Dangerous’ Mistake for Democrats Not to Embrace the Eventual Nominee


the problem is twitter and how journalists cannot help themselves on that service. twitter is a misinformation and enragement machine. journalists love to use it, and their usage undermines journalism, in my opinion. could the same thing occur if journalists only posted to their own personal websites? sure, but much less so because personal web publishing and commenting via email is a slower process.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/washington-post-threatened-another-star-reporter-wesley-lowery-over-his-tweets


Democrats on Twitter more liberal, less focused on compromise than those not on the platform

Maybe it's HUMANS who use Twitter are more narrow-minded and fanatical.

https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2020/02/03/democrats-on-twitter-more-liberal-less-focused-on-compromise-than-those-not-on-the-platform/


"2020 Democrats Are Bringing Butter Knives to a Gunfight"

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/02/democrats-iowa-caucus-cautious/605974/

https://www.bostonherald.com/2020/02/02/bernie-sanders-climbing-in-nh-on-even-of-iowa-caucuses/

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/03/takeaways-wild-final-days-iowa-campaign-110431

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/02/03/whoever-wins-iowa-wont-be-back-110439

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/feb/03/americans-shut-out-iowa-caucuses

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/02/03/how-trump-got-inside-iowas-head-110134


the democrat established is terrified of bernie sanders. that's why the democrat established rigged the 2015-2016 democrat primary process to favor hillary.

the democrat establishment discusses ending voter disenfranchisement and ensuring that every vote counts, but they don't walk the walk..

" John Kerry overheard discussing possible 2020 bid amid concern of ‘Sanders taking down the Democratic Party’"

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/john-kerry-overheard-discussing-possible-2020-bid-amid-concern-sanders-n1128476


Ahead of today's caucuses in Iowa, there is ample indication that media is repeating all the framing errors that shaped coverage in 2016

https://www.cjr.org/the_media_today/iowa_caucuses_democrats_horserace.php


https://www.nytimes.com/2020/02/01/us/politics/des-moines-register-polls-iowa-caucus.html

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2020/02/01/des-moines-register-cnn-cancels-release-iowa-poll-over-respondent-concerns/4637168002/

https://mediagazer.com/200201/p6#a200201p6


https://iowastartingline.com/2020/02/03/bernie-sanders-sweeps-first-iowa-satellite-caucus/

https://iowastartingline.com/2020-endorsements/


https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/hiding-in-plain-sight-the-white-nationalist-who-toiled-inside-a-right-wing-media-powerhouse/


https://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/ny-rush-limbaugh-lung-cancer-20200203-l7x2b5ies5hupnqvqfkcbmjvbm-story.html


http://www.toledoblade.com/local/environment/2020/02/03/some-cold-dependent-fruit-trees-hurting-because-of-climate-change/stories/20200202063


Last month, I finished off a can of butter roasted chocolate coated pecans by "Elizabeth's," which were made in Turkey, NC. It was a part of our NC gift box. I finished off the two bags of grits last month too. One bag was white corn grits, and the other bag was yellow corn. The grits were also made in North Carolina. "Got to be NC Products" is the org or tag line.


[begin sarcasm]
Wow. Politics and political media are such wonderful things.
[/end sarcasm]

Yeah, I'm glad that I intentionally unregistered as a voter in October 2016.

"This Iowa Poll Was Never Published. It's Still Influencing What You Read. "
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/bensmith/iowa-caucus-poll-des-moines-register-selzer

"Iowa entrance poll: Most Dems care more about beating Trump than issues"
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2020-election/iowa-caucus-entrance-poll-most-democrats-want-nominee-who-can-n1129271

What a shock.

Interestingly, the BuzzFeed story mentioned Warren four times and Sanders zero times. Media bias? The journalists dislike Sanders now as they did four years ago.


https://iowastartingline.com/2020/02/03/early-satellite-caucus-results-what-we-learned-in-iowa-and-beyond/


it's a fascinatingly bizarre process. it's amazing that our so-called primary season still starts with iowa.

https://www.axios.com/iowa-caucuses-how-to-watch-6aa273e2-fd22-43ef-8260-012f825f6c9d.html


"Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs escorted out of Trump campaign Iowa press event on Monday, after a Dec. campaign pledge to no longer credential Bloomberg reporters"

https://www.wsj.com/livecoverage/2020-election-democratic-iowa-caucuses/card/1580772358

this is fascinating.

in the fall of 2016, ahead of the general election, the media assumed that hillary would win. and for some reason, journalists and political knuckleheads worried about two things: that trump would fail to accept the election results (his defeat), and that trump and is cabal were going to start a media org: trump media.

if he lost in nov 2016, i don't know why so many journalists were concerned about trump launching a media org. the journalists worried about something that did not exist.

but it did matter because for the media, "their" candidate lost in nov 2016.

today, bloomberg is running for the democrat party presidential nomination and bloomberg already has a media org. where's the concern?


https://iowastartingline.com/2020/02/03/tonights-biggest-wild-card-andrew-yangs-supporters/


HOLY HELL!!! This is terrible. !?!?!?!?

It's healthy for media orgs to adopt a simple as possible homepage to permit readers on possibly slow cellular connections to access the websites.

Article pages take 8 to 10 seconds to load and use 1.5 megabytes of JavaScript, which is asinine. Too many images exist on article pages too. The ads and other images take over one megabyte to download.

Fortunately, this site displays content with JavaScript disabled. For people with slow cell connections, they would need to disable image loading and JavaScript. After all, the site is mainly about text.

https://webpagetest.org/result/200204_HZ_3bd276fca820b9c85e4796e44949ef17/
https://iowastartingline.com/
From: Dulles, VA - Chrome - Cable
2/3/2020, 10:58:32 PM
First View Fully Loaded:
Download time: 25.704 seconds
Web requests: 82
Bytes downloaded: 14,159 KB

14 megabytes for the homepage!?!?!?!?

It's a small journalistic org, but clearly, the founder does not have any designer friends. Speed and page lightweightness are important design elements too.

12.8 megabytes of the download were for images.

1.4 megabytes of the download were for JavaScript.

It takes "forever" for the homepage to load completely on my new laptop with a fast internet connection at home.

None of the images on the homepage are necessary. The images can be reserved for the article pages only.

using uMatrix to disable JavaScript and to disable images, then the homepage loads in under one second versus 30 to 50 seconds.

it's amazing how fast the web can be for READERS when JavaScript and useless images are prevented from loading.

resutls for an article page.

https://webpagetest.org/result/200204_ZT_82f90966d6fc8a1fba070bbd05111140/

https://iowastartingline.com/2020/02/03/tonights-biggest-wild-card-andrew-yangs-supporters/
From: Dulles, VA - Chrome - Cable
2/3/2020, 11:08:30 PM
first view fully loaded:
Download time: 7.358 seconds
Web requests: 86
Bytes downloaded: 3,383 KB

The one image was a useless stock photo. It's a simple text article.

1.5 megabytes of the download were for JavaScript, which is moronic.

1.6 megabytes of the download were for images, which were mainly or all for political campaign ads.

when using the Links2 web browser, the homepage loads quickly because only a few ad images are loaded. that means the bulk of the images must be loaded by either javascript or css.

links2 does not support css nor javascript.

mmmm, interesting. i'm not going to waste time trying to figure out how the site loads images on its homepage. for some reason, links2 does not load all of the images, but with javascript disabled, the images still load in firefox.

with css, images, and javascript disabled within firefox, the site's homepage looks horrible. jeesh. i love the idea of small, focused media orgs, but they need to contract with ui/ux designers.

the site looks better within link2 to than in firefox, regardless of what i do with umatrix.

regarding useful homepage design, the iowastartingline.com can learn from text.npr.org.

https://webpagetest.org/result/200204_2M_6e62e8461447d5b0cc17a08dfbd62ffd/

text.npr.org
From: Dulles, VA - Chrome - Cable
2/3/2020, 11:18:56 PM
first view fully loaded:
Download time: 2.863 seconds
Web requests: 4
Bytes downloaded: 2 KB

2.8 seconds seems slow for only 2 KB to download.

reran the test.

https://webpagetest.org/result/200204_XD_213bae99c9d632ccd5b2f9473d77925d/
text.npr.org
From: Dulles, VA - Chrome - Cable
2/3/2020, 11:20:56 PM
first view fully loaded:
Download time: 0.605 seconds
Web requests: 4
Bytes downloaded: 2 KB